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CBS Radio Mystery Theater


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Reviewer: FeltsRocket - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2016
Subject: The $999,999,999 error
I loved Ricardo Montalbán as pepa in the story He always has a good performance as "the bad guy"
Reviewer: NavQ - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 20, 2016
Subject: You can find all 1399 broadcasts here This is the CBS RMT official site. Download or stream. I've been listening to them on and off over the past two years and I'm still not halfway through!
Reviewer: jimrook1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 11, 2015
Subject: Thank You for Oldies Like This!
Loved it! Thanks to ALL who put the effort and time into making these oldies available on the web!
Reviewer: rnjiv - - November 30, 2014
Subject: internet archive collection
cbs radio mystery theater - complete collection 1399 mp3 episodes. free full download.
Reviewer: iolar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 6, 2014
Subject: Another Source
For those looking for a complete collection of all 1399 episodes (in varying quality, but the collector keeps upgrading when they find better transfers), try The CBS Radio Mystery Theater site (
Reviewer: TheOutsiderRubbish - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2014
Subject: Favorite 5 Episodes
I can listen to these episodes every single day while falling asleep. Just something about them, nostalgic but not TOO outdated...bridge that divide between the then and now and George Bell is just top notch:

Death on Skiis: I love the way that Kay Wiley and Tony Shaw are supposed to be 20 somethings yet sound like they are in their 60s, while the husband, Dan Wiley, is supposed to be 41, and sounds about that, if not a bit younger. Otto reminds me of Klaus from American Dad. And, Tony Shaw emphasizes how he is this fun loving ski bum by talking about practical jokes he has pulled in the driest most humorless fashion! But, all the so-bad-its-good comments aside, it is well acted and extremely enjoyable. Great episode.

Having a Horrible Time: All the male voices sound similar, from the phone call to Fred Russell, Ralph Cook and George Smith. Not sure if they are doubled up, though the ending credits suggest otherwise. Lois Wilson has a Carol Burnett type voice and Amy Hasting's voice is difficult to describe. Great great episode.

The Woman in Red: Love any television or radio program that references modern art. Emmett Porcelain is a great character. Almost sounds like he is voiced by Brother Theodore, but it is someone else. The seedy bar, bickering cops..great stuff.

The Case of MJH: I try to model myself after Jimmy French, a down on his luck hustler trying to make a big score to pay off his debt and land the girl. Well, personality wise. More like an acted version, without the actual hustling, since I am not cut out for that.

Sign of the Beast: Crazy episode. She just screams she is hungry and doesn't go Lycan on everyone, like she would in an episode of True Blood, where everyone in her camp would be dead the first night. But, she finally goes off to hunt and kill later on, so it's not like she screams like an enraged infant waiting for someone to help for too long. Powerful episode.
Reviewer: Poe1809 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 25, 2013
Subject: .
Uh, the dates for the eps are right there.

Good stuff
Reviewer: bullfrog1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 24, 2013
Subject: OTR
I listen to this almost every night. The only thing I wish I could do is read about the shows: year, etc.
Reviewer: Mrbusby - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 10, 2013
Subject: It's like being 12 again
I spent the better part of my youth listening to these shows. I thank u from the bottom of my heart to be able to listen all over again, I am 78
Reviewer: MysteriousRayne - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2013
Subject: Love this
They don't make radio like this anymore. I am not old enough to remember when these were love but finding this online is like an early Christmas present. My grandma would always play this for me and I never knew where she found them. Thank you for these. You have made one happy girl who misses her grandma!
Reviewer: sfvman - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2013
Subject: The entire! Needs an upgrade!
While having the entire series available for download is certainly admirable, I have to agree with others before me about the varying sound quality.

Most of it is, admittedly, not very good.

I found 257 remastered episodes here:

I tried uploading them here recently, but ran into difficulty with my computer.

These episodes are free of commercials and period news, and the sound quality is as close to pristine as they most likely have ever been. Wish we could get the entire like that.
Reviewer: CCH62 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2013
Subject: CBSRMT At Night
I used to listen to this show on my Soundesign clock radio. I had a removable speaker I would put under my pillow and set the timer for one hour. I loved listening to this show. Now I can download them on my cell phone and listen while driving. Thanks!
Reviewer: beebeekay - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 5, 2013
Subject: the way we were
thank you so much for broadcasting these programs...i work late nights and since I've found these treasures i can get through most nights and not be bored by the monotunous work load! they remind me of listening to these stories late at night with my brothers...great stuff!
Reviewer: Daniel F. Brandl-Beck - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2011
Subject: Time capsule gems
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to these radio dramas, which are the perfect length to listen to during a gym workout (45 to 60 minutes). Thank you very much for sharing these.

Not only did I enjoy the well-acted dramas, but as a historian I also loved the snippets of news contained in some files, as well as the advertisements. It stuck me how the stories themselves and their narration are little time capsules of 1970s America: compared to the 2010s, for example, the language is often gendered, and many shows reflect the Cold War anxieties of the time.
Reviewer: Mayberry95 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 22, 2011
Subject: Great Commercials and News
What a great piece of History!
The shows themselves are great but what I enjoy most are the newscasts and commercials that go along with them.
I was born in 1973 so listening to some of the old Contact Cold Medicine and Bud commercials bring back such great old memories.
Thank you for putting these on here.
I have enjoyed them so much.
Reviewer: kvitulv - - December 22, 2010
Subject: Modern audio drama
hi I was pleased to find this site and have spent hours listening on these good old america gold nuggets.

It brings me back... Hailing from Norway, there's isnt that much in my own language of audio drama available on the internet, so joy when I found CBS Mystery Theater.

I am currently also listening to the Witch-hunter, a belgian group dedicated to revieve the noble art of audio drama, in a modern way. The witch-hunter have a strong fantasy theme, but otherwise it's excellent and worth chekcing into. A new episode is aired every sunday. good listening
From Norway
Reviewer: bebe23 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 3, 2010
Subject: This really takes me back!
When I listen to the episodes of 1974 The CBS Radio Mystery Theater with the news segments, they really take me back to those days. I can't believe I am listening to the actual newscasts about Nixon, Watergate and the accompanying subpoenas, etc., as well as Patty Hearst's turn as a bank robber - WOW! The commercials bring on feelings of nostalgia too: Budweiser ("When You Say Bud") and Diet 7UP with Goldilocks as a spokesperson. PSAs about fuel conservation by Hal Linden sound like they could have been made today. I am really grateful to the people who uploaded these shows - the history!!
Reviewer: Mangleman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 24, 2010
Subject: The Old Ones Are Hard To Kill
Agnes Moorehead had an amazing way of sounding natural while she read her lines. What an amazing performance she gave here! I am particularly impressed by her giving dignity to the elderly by not going for the quivery voiced stereotype that so many did at that time. She knew how to convey age without being over the top and in fact I didn't recognize it was her until i recalled E.G.Marshall crediting her as the performer! Thank you for this wonderful website! It brings back such great memories of this classic program!
Reviewer: cowpatti - - April 29, 2010
Subject: Show with the crying child
It might be "The Crack in the Wall", 5/20/1974 and number 0094.
Reviewer: BOOKLLOVER - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 15, 2010
HELLO...Does anyone remember the episode of CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER about the couple who are laying in bed and hear a crying child in the basement? lets talk if you me at MYSTERIOUSDAVID3@AOL.COM..i want to listen to it again...please help
Reviewer: solracas - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 14, 2010
Subject: time and space
Listening these programs is like to go back in time when only your imagination was what really matters and where there weren't limits and you could do whatever you pleased. C'mon lets use our gray matters and live stories through the audio, without images of books...just our own imagination...feel the rhythm. I've just arrived here and I am appreciating everything
Reviewer: HollywoodBob - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2009
Subject: Another CBSRMT fan
Like many of the posters below, I often listened to CBS Radio Mystery Theatre in my teenage years. We listened to the show on KNX when I was working nights at a movie theater on Hollywood Blvd. However, this was not my introduction to old time radio, as I can still remember listening to Gunsmoke and Yours Truly Johnny Dollar in the late '50's-early 60's with my father if there was no Dodger game on at the same time.
Reviewer: seadave - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 4, 2009
Subject: mystery theater is part of my teen years
i was never interested in tv as a teenager but i always loved radio and i found mystery theater in 1976 when i was 12 years old after i got my first radio which was a clock radio.

by the time i was 14 i had my first stereo and along with music, i listened to mystery theater throughtout my teen years.

i love the themes, the music, the sound effects, and now i appreciate the philosophies given by e.g. marshall. these shows bring me back to the late 1970s and i think about family and people i knew then. many are now gone. it is sentimental for me to listen to these shows.

i still visualize the physical settings of the stories in my mind like i did back 30 years ago and i still fall asleep and miss the end of the stories, but now i can listen to the same story the next night because i download these shows.

these were great shows for a teen and now they are great shows for a middle aged person. these shows are timeless.

i think it is good for one's mind to visualize the story settings and i think shows like this help with one's listening skills.

these shows should have been put onto cds or dvds 10+ years ago when tv and radio become unbearable.

someone needs to digitally enchance these shows and put them all on dvds. keep the news and commericals in them if you can.

thank god for the people who taped these shows 30+ years ago who let us enjoy them again today.
Reviewer: Vlazuvius - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 2, 2009
Subject: Memory Lane
Even though OTR was dead by the time I was growing up, the local AM stations would play shows like this in the middle of the night, and I stayed up wide-eyed every Friday and Saturday to hear it. Great stuff, and this show is wonderful in particular. There's a bit of bleeding of other radio stations in some of the recordings, but the show it's self is perfect.
Reviewer: oldtimeradio - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 18, 2009
Subject: Copyright or public domain on CBSRMT
Hi I collect old radio shows and i noticed a post on cbsrmt being in public domain. it is not in public domain. copyright still exist . How ever Himen Browns widow has talked to the old time radio researchers group and she says she is ok with the shows being shared as long as no fee is being shared.
so enjoy

Brian Strei
Reviewer: johnetx - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 12, 2009
Subject: bittorrent help
To download the shows via bittorrent you need to either install and use the Opera browser ( which has a built-in bittorrent client, or install a separate bittorrent client such as the one I use, Utorrent ( which is also quite easy to use. Then go to the site where the torrent files are located and click download, and soon the files will start downloading via the software or browser. By the way, we didn't have a tv in our house where I grew up from about 1967 til 1976 and I listened to cbsrmt almost every night. These stories are still great to hear and still pretty scary as well as thought-provoking.
Reviewer: XMinusOne - - December 5, 2008
Subject: Can you explain...
Can you explain how to download via bit torrents? I can download from here (I know right click and save as) but otherwise I'm download illiterate, don't know what bit torrent is, nor how to use it. Thanks in advance for your help.
Reviewer: Our Sponsor - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 4, 2008
Subject: Good Stuff
Until time travel is made possible, kicking back and listening to these broadcasts will have to do. Thank you for sharing these with the rest of us!
Reviewer: human - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 1, 2008
Subject: Available at
CBSRMT was indeed the last great radio drama on commercial radio. All 1,399 episodes are available for free download at That site also has hundreds of other classics as well.

Dave74: I wasn't aware "The Horla" was re-made for CBSRMT. I have a copy of it from a short-lived 1940s series called "Mystery in the Air," starring Peter Lorre.
Reviewer: dave74 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 17, 2008
Subject: where is it at
looking for the episode called "the horla" one of the best. As teens in 1975-76 we had weekly fishing trips to the lake. Get stoned and listen in. The first was about the people who shrunk. Dont know what it was called. We were hooked after that.------------------------->dave
Reviewer: nredheffer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2008
Subject: All episodes available as Torrents!
Every episode is available for download as bit torrents. Here is a directory listing:

We can thank some dedicated fans from the CBS
RMT forum for years of work collecting the best quality copies of each episode and sharing them with the rest of us.
Reviewer: DougBee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 26, 2008
Subject: 750109, Berenice
This episode, loosely based on an obscure Poe story, has a particularly creepy ending. I went back and found the Poe story and, while CBSRMT greatly altered the plot, they successfully captured Poe's horrific climax and use of a unreliably psychotic narrator.
Reviewer: ChefAlisia - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 8, 2007
Subject: This is what I love the most!!
As a child, I could not sleep, so my grandfather gave me a small radio, and that's how I found The CBS Radio Mystery Theater! I love it! I turn everything off, close my eyes, and just listen! It's the BEST!!! I try to share with my friends!
Reviewer: Digital Earl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 22, 2007
Subject: Thanks uploader!
Resident Killer is one of the all-time toppermost science fiction classics, and it's hilarious too.

Audio quality is decent enough. Tammy Grimes' voice is perfect. Great cast & performances. Great story. This is a rare find.

Look out Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's Resident Killer!
Reviewer: AstroFig - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2007
Subject: Very good
I enjoyed this very much, takes me back to my childhood in Peru.
Reviewer: MadMuzik - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 12, 2007
Subject: Radio At It's Best
My dad told me about when this was all he would listen to when he was on shore leave during the 70's. Every story keeps you on the edge of your seat and wanting more. I agree, I wish there was more of the titles here.
Reviewer: alexvon - - June 28, 2007
Subject: Public Domain
Are all of these in the public domain? Did not find anything at the copyright office.
Reviewer: cs2112 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 10, 2007
Subject: Great Memory's
Just Wanted to say thanks...
When I was growing up in the 70's This show was something I always looked forward to...
I remember listening to them on WOR 710 in NY with my dad.. He grew up listening to Radio as a child and I always remember him saying how much he missed the great shows of radio past.
It is truly the last link to those Great Radio shows..
Reviewer: rreed87139 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2007
Subject: Memories of days past
These Radio shows bring back many memories to me. We used to listen to the CBS radio mystery theater when we were on family road trips. I wish Himen Brown would release them for sale.
The quality of recording varies however for a free download what do you expect.
I listen to them on the way to work now. Often getting stuck in traffice as a result. It's sad there isn't any good content on the radio anymore.
I used to have a $4000 stereo in my car. Now there is no more music, people like H Stern, and just worthless talk. Thanks to Internet Archive users that have shared these resources to people.
Reviewer: JPetri - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 14, 2007
Subject: Had to give KUDOS
I was a teen when I listened to these.
I wish we had more episodes to enjoy, CBSRMT was the swan song of the radio drama, but it was the catalyst for my love of OTR programming!
Reviewer: lancelotlmg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2007
Subject: Will the Next Time ever be here?
Most of the recordings here are in poor shape, bootlegs from various bedside cassette recorders from various cities. That is a shame, as this was radio drama's Last Big Broadcast and they fully merit a modern audience. Still, as you cannot yet buy decent recordings of them anywhere, at any price, this detritus is a welcome treasure. Blessings upon Mr. Himan Brown for producing them in the first place, and may he not leave us until he secures their rightful place as part of American radio's heritage!
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